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Twas The Night Before, Social Media Style

In the spirit of the holidays, here’s a fun and social spin on the classic, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. May you and your loved ones enjoy your holiday season!

Twas the night before my launch and throughout all of the web,
My influencers were ready, much was to be said.
The hash tags were chosen with delicate care,
Knowing that soon they would be #everywhere!

Because we were global, we chose the right time,
We did not want this conversation to flat line.
Scheduling out tweets and Facebook posts,
We were excited to see which channel generated the most!

When up on my listening center, there arose such a clatter,
I ran to my Radian6 dashboard to see what was the matter!
Looking at my listening dashboard I analyzed what it said,
We had a confused customer, oh Frightened Fred.
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Trick or Treat Online and then Save the Memories

When I told my daughter that her gramma was going to be with her other (younger) grandchild this year for Halloween, I did not expect her reaction. She’s 12 and has had gramma with her every year since birth and I figured she knew she would eventually have to share.

But that was not my kid’s idea. She was downright pissed!

“She needs to see me in my costume! It’s tradition!” she told me. Oops. Apparently we have a tradition that I just took for granted all these years.

But then I suggested we have a little fun and get to share the holiday with her cousin as well. We could do a WebEx, show my mom my daughter’s costume and see our little three year old firefighter in his outfit. “I guess that’ll work,” she conceded. And off we went. We did a test drive on Sunday.

We fired up the WebEx, turned on the webcams and the kids had a ball. Everyone get to see each other, there was lots of conversation and excitement and gramma Read More »

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Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2010 at 7:21 am PST

My blog always gets “slow” during late November and most of December.  The podcast suffers, too.

Here’s why…

void november_december(int year) {
    // Uses at least one week
    attend_sc();
    // Uses about another week
    thanksgiving_vacation();
    while (before_christmas()) {
        MPI_Irecv(email, 17, MPI_WORK, ..., &req[i++]);
        MPI_Isend(voicemail_reply, 1, MPI_WORK, ..., &req[i++]);
        MPI_Isend(email_reply, 2, MPI_WORK, ..., &req[i++]);
    }
    // Uses another 2 weeks
    christmas_new_years_holiday();
}

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Santa’s Supply Chain – Get Something NEW and EXCITING!

December 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm PST

I was thinking about all the supply chain agility issues Santa would have this year – probably the same every year. Like the fact that he has to deliver to hundreds of millions of folks on one particular day of the year.

He’s been doing this for hundreds of years with only one workshop -- not located anywhere near any major distribution routes and with a small but obviously highly productive workforce. Add to this his orders come in only a few weeks before 25th December – some on the 24th! And somehow he hasn’t any carry over stock on the 26th. Miss the 25th and you’ve had it!

Downside of this squeeze is that you can often get that same ol’ pair of socks, that boring polyester tie or that colorful sweater that you’ll never wear. Maybe even a lump of coal if you’re really unlucky. So here’s a message to  Santa… Read More »

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Announcing Winners of Cisco ūmi Brings YOU Home for the Holidays!

On November 20,2010, Cisco launched the Cisco ūmi Brings YOU Home for the Holidays Photo Contest where we asked you to submit a photo  of who you wish you could see fo r the holidays along with a small caption of why.

We had over 1000 photo submissions and over 10,000 votes on the photos because of your support!  We are very excited to announce the winners here and I personally wanted to congratulate the winners on submitting such touching

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